Lizard amulet, Plains Indians, USA and Canada.
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Protective amulet in the form of a lizard, made of hide decorated with quills, worn by boy children, probably Sioux Indian. When a child was born, a relative would make a protective amulet. A piece of the baby's umbilical cord would be kept inside this amulet. For a boy the amulet would be in the form of a lizard, for a girl a turtle. The lizard was a symbol of being fast and elusive.